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Arsenault honoured for contribution to tourism industry

Réjeanne Arsenault, second from right, former owner of The Bottle Houses in Cape Egmont, was recognized recently for her vast contribution to the development of the tourist industry by three provincial organizations. She is seen with their representatives, from left, Martin Marcoux, president of RDÉE P.E.I., Marcel Bernard, president of l'Association touristique Évangéline, and Diana Larivière, board member of the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I.
Réjeanne Arsenault, second from right, former owner of The Bottle Houses in Cape Egmont, was recognized recently for her vast contribution to the development of the tourist industry by three provincial organizations. She is seen with their representatives, from left, Martin Marcoux, president of RDÉE P.E.I., Marcel Bernard, president of l'Association touristique Évangéline, and Diana Larivière, board member of the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I. - Submitted

The owner of The Bottle Houses in Abram-Village was recently recognized for her contribution to the tourism industry.

Réjeanne Arsenault has also worked as a volunteer on tourism associations and spent time as a tourism development officer.

The Association touristique Evangeline, RDEE Prince Edward Island and the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I. honoured her vast contribution during a reception to launch the 2018 tourism season in Abram-Village.

“Your vision and your work have placed The Bottle Houses on the national and international map,’’ said ATÉ president Marcel Bernard. “You took your father’s product and made it evolve into a popular attraction in the tourism world. That doesn’t happen overnight. It takes long hours of work, devotion and sometimes difficult questioning, but with an eye always fixed on an ultimate vision and objective. Your Bottle Houses are the result of your devotion and prove to us that you have attained your vision and objective.’’

Arsenault served as president and counsellor of the Association touristique Evangeline. She also worked with several other local, provincial, Atlantic and Canadian tourism associations.

She was also RDEE P.E.I.’s first tourism development officer and, later, one of its board members.

The chamber, meanwhile, had previously presented her with two entrepreneurial awards while RDEE Canada had recognized her with a special Coup de Coeur award during its national Lauriers de la PME Gala in 2005.

Arsenault retired from her business last fall after selling it to Angie and Aubrey Cormier, her neighbours in Cape Egmont.

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